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Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, tvOS 12.4, and More

Apple has released macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, and tvOS 12.4. In a surprise move, the company also pushed out iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6 for older iOS devices that can’t run iOS 12.

Michael E. Cohen No comments

Making and Using Tables of Contents in Pages

The latest versions of Apple’s Pages all offer easy table-of-contents creation. Here’s how to make them and why you might want to, even if you’re not publishing a book.

Timothy Buck 6 comments

Terminology: Where Word Explorations Begin

Do you ever hear a word you don’t know or struggle to find the perfect synonym? If so, the Terminology iOS app might be for you. It’s a great place to start a word search and, with its extensible actions, you’re likely to find what you need.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple Expands Its Repair Partnership with Best Buy

Apple has expanded its repair partnership with technology superstore Best Buy to include every Best Buy store in the United States. But if you have a choice, is Best Buy the best place to go for Apple repairs?

Adam Engst 68 comments

The Dark Side of Dark Mode

Apple has pushed Dark Mode hard in Mojave, and it will appear in iOS 13 as well. If Apple thinks Dark Mode is such a good idea, should you switch to it? Only if you’re more interested in being trendy than productive, since the science behind human visual perception is resoundingly against Dark Mode.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 18 comments

Apple Debuts LG’s All-New 23.7-inch UltraFine Display

When Julio Ojeda-Zapata went to his local Apple Store for a look at Mac monitors, a staffer offered him something unexpected: the 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display. This monitor is so new there is little public information about it—it’s not even listed on Apple’s Web store. How does it compare with LG’s 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display and 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display?

Michael E. Cohen 9 comments

New PDFpen 11 Introduces Split View and Font Bar

Smile has updated its PDF editing apps, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, to version 11, offering a new Split View capability, a Font Bar for easy PDF text formatting, and other welcome conveniences.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Cardhop Rethinks How You Use Contacts in iOS

Looking for a faster and easier way to start phone calls, text conversations, or email messages with people in your contacts list? Cardhop for iOS from Flexibits brings the Mac version’s speed and elegance to the iPhone and iPad. Adam Engst takes a look.

Michael E. Cohen 8 comments

iWork Update Brings iOS Apps Closer to Parity

Following closely upon the release of the new iPad Air and iPad mini, Apple’s latest iWork update brings the productivity suite’s iOS apps closer to parity with their Mac siblings.

Adam Engst 30 comments

It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better

After taking a close look at Preview in Mojave while updating “Take Control of Preview,” Adam Engst comes away disappointed. The new features aren’t impressive, one notable change is actively bad, and there are new bugs. But he’d still like to see Apple enhance the still-powerful graphics and PDF editor.

Scholle McFarland 19 comments

14 Siri Tricks You Can Use Right Now

Siri takes a lot of flak, but it’s a lot more powerful than many people realize. If you haven’t been using Siri for much, these tips from “Take Control of Siri” author Scholle McFarland will expand your conversations with Apple’s digital assistant—and hopefully get Siri to do more for you.

Jeff Porten 6 comments

Attach an iPad to Your MacBook as a Second Display with Mountie

If you’d like to use another screen with your MacBook while traveling but can’t figure out how to arrange and support it, Jeff Porten has found a simple clip that attaches an iPad to a MacBook for use as a second display.

Adam Engst 5 comments

19 Years Ago in TidBITS: Traveling with Technology

Remember what it was like in the early days of laptops and Internet access when we first started to be able to use technology while traveling? At the turn of the century, Gideon Greenspan penned a pair of articles for TidBITS about how he kept his shareware business humming on a PowerBook G3 during a 2-month trip through Asia.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Pay Adopted by Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and Others

A bevy of major US retailers, including Jack in the Box, Hy-Vee supermarkets, Speedway convenience stores, Taco Bell, and Target are now supporting Apple Pay, putting a final nail in the coffin of rival digital wallet CurrentC.

Josh Centers 13 comments

Backblaze 6.0 Promises “Larger Longer Faster Better” Backups

Backblaze has rolled out a major 6.0 update that improves performance, increases restore drive sizes, and offers options for permanent backup storage, among other things.